Mario's Catalina

Cuban Restaurant and Argentinian Restaurant · Poinsettia Heights
1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sun
    • 5:00 AM–11:00 PM
Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 62 votes

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    anastasia g.
    "best plantains and sangria!! an awesome find in ft lauderdale"(5 Tips)
    Jean T.
    "Ham croquettes & empanadas delicious :)"(3 Tips)
    Hannah W.
    "Great food, sangria, and mojitos."(2 Tips)
    Juan P.
    "Great food, great wine selection and amazing desserts!"(3 Tips)
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  • sangria
  • empanadas
  • mojitos
  • wine
  • romantic
  • croquettes
  • roast pork
  • Cuban coffee
  • desserts
  • authentic
  • tamales
  • oysters
  • Cuban food
  • salmon
  • shrimp
  • ham
  • beef
  • plantains
  • meats
  • dinner
  • Lakeysha T.

    The Marios beef dish is one of the most memorable, most delicious dishes I have ever had!

    Lakeysha Thompson · February 22
  • Rhonda J.

    Fabulous food, beautiful inside!!

    Rhonda Joy · January 4
  • Raspete J.

    Prices are a bit expensive, but the service is good. The crew really take care of their customers... (Sometimes so much)

    Raspete Jorge · October 5, 2014
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach

    You'll have the time of your life at Mario's busy, happy Cuban/Spanish restaurant, but don't fool around: Make a reservation.

    New Times Broward Palm Beach · August 19, 2014
  • Fort Lauderdale M.

    The food is a combination of Cuban & Spanish favorites, like roasted pork with caramelized plantains -

    Fort Lauderdale Magazine · August 5, 2014
  • Jose A.

    Watch out! The food is mediocre, and very expensive for Cuban. The owner also tried a "bait and switch" on me, charging me $150 gift certificates that I didn't ask for. Total scam.

    Jose Ayala · January 20, 2014
  • anastasia g.

    best plantains and sangria!! an awesome find in ft lauderdale

    anastasia guletsky · January 5, 2014
  • Donald B.

    Everything is delicious.

    Donald Burke · January 1, 2014
  • Hannah W.

    Absolutely fantastic. Went for Christmas Eve as we are in town for a cruise. Mario and his staff took care of us very well. Great food, sangria, and mojitos.

    Hannah Willmott · December 25, 2013
  • Joe V.

    Mario is the best!

    Joe V · November 19, 2013
  • Matt M.

    Mario is awesome great service unreal food

    Matt MacDonald · September 27, 2013
  • Peter M.

    Sangria is off the hook.

    Peter Magnani · September 22, 2013
  • Erick B.

    This place blew ass. The services was horrible and the owner was an asshole.

    Erick B. · August 14, 2013
  • Adnan M.

    A Cuban gem in Ft Lauderdale. The salmon and shrimp in red sauce was fantastic. Service, music and ambience were perfection. Try a bottle of Argentinian Malbec red wine.

    Adnan Manjal · August 13, 2013
  • Charity Dine

    Great place for authentic Cuban food!

    Charity Dine · July 29, 2013
  • Erika C.

    Food was amazing. Waiters were all great and we will be going again!

    Erika Collington · July 29, 2013
  • Vicky S.

    The food is delicious and service is awesome, Leslie is a great server!

    Vicky Sepulveda · July 28, 2013
  • Tech T.

    The half appetizer is great for 2-3 people :-)

    Tech Teddy · July 7, 2013
  • Joshua S.

    Try the Catalina Combination. You get to sample all of Mario's traditional Cuban dishes.

    Joshua Schum · June 16, 2013
  • Boranbay

    Great place!!! Excellent food!!! Friendly staff!!! I want to come back ...

    Boranbay · May 15, 2013
  • Amber G.

    Absolutely wonderful! Empanadas were great start! Good food, excellent service. Oh Tres Leche...Even met Mario!

    Amber Garrison Duncan · April 23, 2013
  • Jason C.

    Mario's favorite FTW

    Jason Clewell · March 13, 2013
  • Nancy S.

    You must absolutely meet Mario!! His persona is what makes dining here extraordinary.

    Nancy Shapiro-Fuchs · January 8, 2013
  • Paula M. A.

    Rip off customer then gives a gift certificate, never will go back, food was nothing special, avoid this place

    Paula M. Amato · January 7, 2013
  • Jean T.

    Amazing food! No Cuban sandwiches today. This is fine dining :) Johnny was the best waiter! The flan is astonishing. Cuban coffee is excellent. Ham croquettes & empanadas delicious :)

    Jean Tinley · December 29, 2012
  • Mary-Lauren S.

    A pitcher of Sangria is a must!

    Mary-Lauren Stephens · December 19, 2012
  • Orad R.

    Ask to see the desert menu. Even if you don't order anything, you won't regret it.

    Orad Reshef · August 9, 2012
  • Forrest

    Beautiful place and friendly service!

    Forrest · July 17, 2012
  • Reece A.

    Wonderful service with superb food.

    Reece Alkire · June 30, 2012
  • Warren A.

    Wow! This place is amazing. Mario took the menus away from us and said he'll cook us something good. He shocked us with the greatness of what this restaurant has to offer. Great job!

    Warren Abbott · June 8, 2012
  • John B.

    The meat empanadas are incredible!

    John Barrow · May 20, 2012
  • Greg L.

    Get the oysters. Best I've ever had

    Greg Licholai · March 18, 2012
  • Nick H.

    Mario is the man. Really good Cuban food.

    Nick Hetland · January 13, 2012
  • Jered W.

    A great experience for your first Cuban experience. Great food and great service!

    Jered Weber · November 29, 2011
  • Christina

    food was delicious and service was even better

    Christina · November 16, 2011
  • allison a.

    I never really ate Cuban before but now I am a fan!!

    allison angler · November 8, 2011
  • Denise G.

    The food is amazing!!!! I ordered a tamale con lechon and it melts in your mouth! Mojito is awesome too!

    Denise Gongora · May 11, 2011
  • Juan P.

    Great food, great wine selection and amazing desserts! 10 points on service. A must from now on

    Juan Pisani · January 21, 2011
  • Fred S.

    Wonderful place fit a romantic and fabulous dinner. Recommend the frozen sangria and quattro letche cake. Fabulous ap platter. Five stars!

    Fred Sherman · September 12, 2010
  • Ana C.

    Absolutely, hands down, super amazing Cuban food. Do not even think twice about simply must come. Have the Catalina platter for starters.

    Ana Compain-Romero · August 9, 2010

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